Broadway Station Block Street Design

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Image of people cross the street near Broadway-City Hall Station.

We want your feedback on public space and street upgrades at the future Broadway Subway Station blocks. As part of the subway construction, the station blocks are being redesigned to accommodate subway infrastructure, including ventilation grilles and emergency exits.


The Broadway Subway will change how people move to and from the Broadway corridor by extending the Millennium Line SkyTrain to Arbutus Street. We have an opportunity to reimagine Broadway as a Great Street by reallocating space towards improved public space. This provides opportunities to improve the experience of walking and rolling on the street, while accommodating necessary station vents and exits, and the large number of people expected to use the subway stations.


While the location of critical subway infrastructure along Broadway is fixed, we are looking for feedback on various street design elements that will enhance the area around the future station blocks.


In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and public health measures, virtual open houses are running between May 18 and June 15, 2021.

We want your feedback on public space and street upgrades at the future Broadway Subway Station blocks. As part of the subway construction, the station blocks are being redesigned to accommodate subway infrastructure, including ventilation grilles and emergency exits.


The Broadway Subway will change how people move to and from the Broadway corridor by extending the Millennium Line SkyTrain to Arbutus Street. We have an opportunity to reimagine Broadway as a Great Street by reallocating space towards improved public space. This provides opportunities to improve the experience of walking and rolling on the street, while accommodating necessary station vents and exits, and the large number of people expected to use the subway stations.


While the location of critical subway infrastructure along Broadway is fixed, we are looking for feedback on various street design elements that will enhance the area around the future station blocks.


In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and public health measures, virtual open houses are running between May 18 and June 15, 2021.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about process, timelines or engagement relating to the Broadway Station Block Street Design. Please send us a question and we'll get back to you within two business days.


Note: If you have a specific question about the Broadway Subway, please contact the Province of British Columbia's project team which is responsible for the station design and construction. If you would like more information about the Broadway Subway Project visit broadwaysubway.ca or email broadwaysubway@gov.bc.ca 

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    The "survey" only allows for a 50 character comment on each of the proposed stations, which is practically no space for any meaningful comments. How/where can we provide meaningful input into the proposed stations? The survey also asks users if they are connected somehow (through residency, work, etc) to areas nearby the station locations but the options provided are limited so that they do not reflect the true use of the area. Further, the station at Arbutus proposes a pick/up drop off zone in an extremely busy pedestrian area used extensively by families with young children given the direct proximity to a school, pre-school, the greenway, and a public park. This area is not suitable for additional vehicle traffic for pick up and drop offs. Will consideration be given to relocating the drop off/pick up area to the south side of Broadway?

    Rebecca J asked 18 days ago

    Hello Rebecca J, 

    Thank you for your question. 

    The space along 8th was identified as the preferred space for accessible pick up and drop off as it is the closest to the station entrance with the least amount of street crossings. That said, we will be looking at opportunities for pick up and drop off along Broadway to reduce vehicle trips into the neighbourhood.

    If you would like to provide additional comments on the station block work you can share your thoughts via email at broadwayplan@vancouver.ca or here on the question and answer tool. 

    Best regards, 

    Broadway Plan Team 

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    how are you going to protect the view on Hemlock and Granville of the mountains from being completely covered by the tall buildings above the new station on the corner of Broadway/Granville? How tall are the buildings allowed be? Hemlock is a protected eyeline space because of Highcroft Manor. Now my only view from my window is being threatened.

    Alicia asked 22 days ago

    Hello Alicia, 

    Thank you for your question. 

    As you may know, the Broadway Plan is currently under development. The Planning team is summarizing what we heard from Phase 2 Emerging Directions and going to be applying the learnings to the technical work for Phase 3 Refined Directions. It is during Phase 3 where we will engaging with the public on heights (at a neighbourhood level – not site specific) as well discussing views. We anticipate engagement on this later this summer. We  will be posting updates on our shapeyourcity website found here www.shapeyourcity.ca/broadway-plan when those engagement opportunities come up. 

    Best regards, 

    Broadway Plan Team 

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    Why are public toilet facilities not included at the subway stations

    Tom asked 20 days ago

    Hello Tom, 

    Thank you for your question. 

    As you may be aware, the Province of British Columbia is responsible for the delivery of the BSP. As such, the Province’s project team is in the best position to respond to your question about why public toilet facilities are not included in the Broadway Subway Stations. We encourage you to email your question to the BSP Project team at broadwaysubway@gov.bc.ca or call 778-572-3544 during business hours. 

    Best regards, 

    Nidah Dara

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    I noticed the footprint of Arbutus Station is smaller than the other stations but the area for pick up drop off is significantly larger, and with parking spaces. Could you please explain why this is necessary for Arbutus Station and why this hard standing area cannot be used for other functions such as a plaza or green open space?

    V asked 24 days ago

    Hello V, 

    Thank you for your question.

    As you may be aware, the Province of British Columbia is responsible for the delivery of the BSP. As such, the Province’s project team is in the best position to respond to your questions about Station configurations and pick up and drop off areas. We encourage you to email your question to the BSP Project team at broadwaysubway@gov.bc.ca or call 778-572-3544 during business hours. 

    Best regards, 

    Nidah Dara

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    There is only restaurant between Burrard and Arbutus and unlikely to be any new ones with the cost of rent and taxes. What is the point of widened sidewalks in this area? We already have widened sidewalks on the south side between Maple and Arbutus without taking lanes away from the street.

    Rose asked 29 days ago

    Hello Rose, 

    Thank you for your question. 

    In 2019, Council endorsed the Broadway Plan Guiding Principles, which were informed by what we heard from the community about their hopes for the area. Improving accessibility and the walking experience along Broadway was ranked as one of the highest priorities. The principles highlight the desire to enhance Broadway as a Great Street and the importance of providing and supporting active transportation options. Great Streets are ones that people enjoy spending time on. They are safer and more comfortable and make it easier to get around by walking, rolling, cycling, and using transit.

    We hope this helps answer your question. 

    Best regards,
    Nidah Dara

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    Where are the dedicated bus lanes if Broadway is being downsized to 2 lanes? Where are the right turn only lanes, particularly at Broadway and Cambie. Buses can sit for several minutes at this intersection because of number of pedestrians crossing the street. These changes will just make it even harder for buses to keep to their timetables. Those of us within the neighbourhood are not using the Skytrain, but will still need buses to get to specific in between station stops. As someone halfway between Broadway and Burrard, the Skytrain will not be of any use to me.

    Rose asked 29 days ago

    Hello Rose, 

    Thank you for your question. 

    With the introduction of the Broadway Subway, which will have 2-3 times the capacity of the existing 99 B-Line buses on opening day (with the potential to increase to 10 times the capacity of the B-Line in the future), the 99 B-Line will no longer be operating east of Arbutus. Local bus service will, however, continue to operate on Broadway. With the increase in people moving capacity and the reduction in bus vehicles, the subway has the potential to reduce bus and general vehicle trips on Broadway. This gives us the opportunity to reallocate the peak period bus lanes to public space and achieve a Great Street on Broadway. 

    Right-turn lanes could be provided at some locations along Broadway. However, the laning is constrained at Broadway and Cambie due to vent requirements along the block and the proposed cross-section provides the best opportunity to achieve accessible sidewalks and accommodate people walking. We have also undertaken corridor modeling work to find opportunities to improve transit operations, and are working closely with Translink and CMBC to ensure that surface transit continues to remain fast and reliable. Proposed changes along other sections of Broadway outside the station areas will be subject to future analysis and consultation.  

    We hope this helps answer your question. 

    Best regards,
    Nidah Dara

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    What is being planned for the 2400 Block of Granville Street, North of Broadway to 6th Avenue? Widening of Side Walks , Trees, Improved Lighting etc?

    Terry Z asked 29 days ago

    Hello Terry Z, 

    Thank you for your question. 

    The details of what will be provided on Granville in the long term, including the section north of Broadway, have not yet been determined. Through our Broadway Plan engagement, we have heard a number of priorities for the South Granville area. These include having a better walking environment and public realm, having less through-car traffic, providing a safe and convenient cycling connection between the South Granville Station and the Granville Bridge Connector, Granville Island, and the future Sen̓áḵw development, and ensuring transit on Granville is reliable. More work will be required to determine how all of these needs are accommodated. 

    We hope this helps answer your question. 

    Best regards,
    Nidah Dara

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    Would like to know about the noise level expected from the air grills and vents. Also, how to manage noise level generated due to more people around the station during day time and night time? Suggest to have some transparent barriers for noise control. Thank you.

    Henry888 asked about 1 month ago

    Hello Henry888, 

    Thank you for your question. Ventilation grilles are an important part of the subway infrastructure delivered by the Broadway Subway Project (BSP). As you may be aware, the Province of British Columbia is responsible for the delivery of the BSP. As such, the Province’s project team is in the best position to respond to your concern of noise level from air grills and vents and other noise mitigation strategies. We encourage you to email your question to the BSP Project team at broadwaysubway@gov.bc.ca or call 778-572-3544 during business hours. 

    Best regards, 

    Nidah Dara

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    Hi There, I had a question re: The Mount Pleasant Station. On the board that notes the proposed changes for the station item D talks about "improving circulation to the lane by relocating the traffic diverter on Quebec St from Broadway to the lane south of Broadway. Can you provide more information on this? Would people be able to travel south on Quebec over Broadway up toteh laneway and when travelling west on Broadway be able to make a left hand turn onto Quebec? Just looking fo a little clarification on this. Also would like more info. on F. "The Broadway Plan proposed to extend the Quebec St. bike facilities from the Mount Pleasant Industrial Area to 10th Ave and to upgrade it to meet AAA standards over the course of the plan". What does this mean?

    ksharp asked about 1 month ago

    Hello ksharp, 

    Thanks for the question.

    Yes, we are proposing relocating the traffic diversion on Quebec from Broadway to the south of the lane to improve circulation. This means both southbound traffic on Quebec (north of Broadway) and westbound traffic on Broadway (making a left turn) will be able to access the laneway via Quebec St. The section along Quebec between 10th Ave and the lane to the north of 10th will be converted to one-way northbound only.

    Currently, protected bike lanes on Quebec St extend as far south as E 3rd Ave. Through the Broadway Plan, the City hopes to extend this cycling connection southward to provide a more direct connection between the Mount Pleasant station and the Industrial Area. The design and configuration will need to take into account the existing role Quebec plays within the neighbourhood and will be subject to future consultation. 

    I hope this helps address your question and comments.

    Best, 

    Nidah Dara

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    Is there going to be a separate consultation about the street? I am very concerned that there won't be a cycle track on Broadway.

    denis.agar asked about 1 month ago

    Hello denis.agar, 

    Thanks for the question and sharing your concern. 

    Broadway is a complex street with significant constraints, challenges, and character across the three neighbourhoods. Bike lanes were considered on Broadway initially. However, earlier in the planning process, we heard that improving accessibility and the walking experience was the highest priority for Broadway. Broadway is also part of the truck network and TransLink’s Major Road Network, and needs to continue accommodating buses and goods movement vehicles. To balance these priorities, the City is therefore proposing to gradually convert the curb lanes to public space and to use this new space to create a comfortable and enjoyable walking and gathering experience on Broadway.

    We are not proposing cycle tracks along Broadway at this time. However, we are looking at upgrading bike routes that are in close proximity to Broadway (such as 10th Ave and Off Broadway) to be safe and comfortable for all ages and abilities. We are also looking for opportunities to upgrade north-south connections to provide access to the stations and destinations along Broadway. Proposed changes along other sections of Broadway outside the station areas will be subject to future consultation.  

    I hope this helps address your question and comments.

    Best, 

    Nidah Dara